Living in the digital age, each of us know that our cellphone is one of the most important accessories to carry around. It keeps us connected, entertained and we cannot deny, it comes handy during an emergency. We ensure that we keep it in good health and also keep it fully charged.
How frustrating it is, if we need to make an urgent call and we see that the battery is low?! Or we leave home, for a long journey, and see that the battery may not even last for an hour. The very first thing we do when we reach home is to recharge the phone, so we can be back in action.
The resemblance of our phone “battery” is very similar to that of our Spiritual ‘battery’. A spiritual battery which is in good health helps us to “pray without ceasing”, keeps us connected with God and no doubt comes handy when we are in trouble. But the question is – what do we do when this battery is low? Do we continue with our daily routine as if nothing has happened? Or do we ensure we charge it with the same sense of urgency each day?
There are 5 ways in which we can recharge this spiritual battery and keep it in good health.
- Reading the Word of God
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb 4:12) Nothing can charge your spirit more effectively and quickly than the Word of God itself. We are so blessed to have access to that ‘Life’ called the Bible – we can read it anytime and anywhere we want – while we wake up, while we go to bed, while we travel or while we are at work. Instant effects guaranteed – some words may strike you, encourage you, motivate you and lift you up. If it hurts you and makes you want to change your ways – then you have hit the jackpot.
- Attending church regularly
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:17) Where else can we a get good ol’ fashioned refill of the Word than the church itself??!! Every word that is spoken strengthens the spirit. You may not consciously realize it, but it will add up to the battery life. The opposite also holds true. In my personal experience, I can vouch that missing church somehow drains the spiritual battery. This anecdote kind of sums it up:
An old man approached a pastor and asked – Pastor, why do I need to attend church every week? I have attended church for the last 20 years, but I don’t see any visible change in my life. The pastor answered and said, “Well, if that’s the case then I guess I need to stop having my wife’s lunch! I have been eating her food for the last 40 years and although I have not seen any visible change, I know that it has nourished my body and strengthened me from within!”
- Fellowship with Christian friends
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”. (Prov 27:17) Before you judge and wonder whether it is wrong to be in company of unbelievers, let me clarify the purpose of this article. Being in the company of believer friends will strengthen our spiritual batteries and that’s what we are aiming to do. Hearing others testimonies, having someone who will lead you in the right path when you are confused and also talking to someone who will not have any vested interests – this is priceless – and there is a good chance that you get it from a believer friend/elder. It’s better to take that chance than to be led astray.
- A Mid-week doze
All the salaried folks reading this will relate to this – There are times I feel like it’s a Friday but it’s only a Wednesday. We feel so physically drained in the middle of the week due to our hectic lifestyles that our body demands a recharge or rest. I guess that hold true for our ‘spiritual man’ as well. A mid-week doze in form of a Bible study or a cell group sure helps this situation. It reiterates what we know and the closed knit atmosphere allows you to think, question, clarify and ultimately recharge your Spirit man.
- Personal & Family prayers
‘Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.’ (Ephesians 5:19) Where can we be ourselves but our home sweet home? Listening to gospel music, speaking of what God has done each day and praying together as a family has wonderful impact on our spiritual batteries. When we speak to Him and we place ourselves with all our shortcomings at His feet, like a loving Father, He lifts us up in His arms and comforts us. What can be more therapeutic than that experience!
In the tough world that we live in – with emotional, financial, family crisis all around – we need a super charged battery to keep us going. May God help us and give us the grace and strength to live an energetic spiritual life.
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